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  • Ready Player One

    by Ernest Cline Year Published:

    The book Ready Player One By Ernest Cline, is set in the year 2045. It’s about Wade Watts, whose parents died when he was a kid, and now lives with his aunt in the stacks, a series of mobile homes stacked upon each other. James Holliday, the creator of the “OASIS”, a virtual Reality game. Holliday dies, and he hides 3 keys and 3 gates, in the Oasis universe. inside the last gate there is an egg. who every gets the egg first wins and will own Halliday’s trillion-dollar company, and the OASIS.  Ernest Cline does an amazing job, at providing details, that help the reader imagine the expansive universe of the OASIS. This universe is filled with very intricate details that provide the reader with imagery, to help understand the struggle Wade goes through, with himself and the setting around him. The book is filled with several 80’s refences, due to Halliday growing up with in the 80’s and incorporating his childhood into the egg hunt. The 80’s ideology brings 80’s refences into the year 2045, and Cline does an amazing job, at adding his refences to the book. Wade is also hilarious, he is 15 and goes through many of the struggles that most teenagers go through, along with bring humor it. I thoroughly enjoyed this because of the relation you grow with the main character of the book, wade, the intricate details and the obscure 80’s references that Cline incorporates that encompasses the book. I would give the book a 9/10, and I highly recommend it, it was super fun and a great read.

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  • Leah on the Off Beat

    by Becky Albertalli Year Published:

     

    Over this summer I read a fair amount of books but over all my favorite on was Leah On the Off-Beat by Becky Albertalli. This book is the sequel to Simon vs. The homosapian agenda also written by Becky Albertalli. I loved the first book and I adored the second. I highly recommend checking out Becky’s writing if you have not. Although I will say they are not appropriate for all ages. There is mature talk about the struggles that LGBTQ youth goes through. There is also some language that is not suitable for kids under 9th grade. 

    This book is written through the eyes of Leah, a senior who is Bi- sexual. She is shown to be very confident on the outside but when she lets her emotions show she can be insecure and lonely as she feels no one understands her. Her insecurities about her sexuality and weight have led her to be very closed off and not an emotional person as a way to protect herself. The conflict arises when Leah starts to develop feelings for her friend Abby. Feeling that Abby might be flirting with her led Leah to have confused ideas about Abby’s Sexuality. Because Leah is so uncomfortable around Abby secret “flirting” she trys to stay as far away from Abby as she can. But that all fails when Abby invites Leah to visit a collage together. 

    I really loved this book. I would give it a 9 out of 10. I thought it was very well written but still readable to someone who does not have an English degree. I chose this book because it was the sequel to Simon vs. The Homosapien agenda, but I honestly believe that you would love this book if you have read the first book or not. I felt it was very relatable to me. There is talk about anxiety of choosing a collage, of stepping out of your comfort zone, and taking a leap and approaching someone who you like. Even though I'm not Bi I was still able to relate to Leah’s emotions when she was confused if Abby liked her or not.  I would love to see this book in the classroom, I think it appeals to all types of people and there are some very strong underlying messages that teachers would be able to work with in an English class full of confused High schoolers.

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  • The Alchemist

    by Paulo Coehlo Year Published: 1988

     

    The Novel The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is an intriguing story that you must read in your life time. The story follows a man named Santiago on his journey to find the treasure he had dreamed about while lying under a tree. The whole novel is based on the journey to find Santiago’s destiny. He travels to the pyramids where he finds a new friend. Santiago also finds his future wife while on his journey.  Near the end of the book, Santiago finally reaches the pyramids in Egypt where he thinks the final destiny or the treasure he has been seeking from his dreams is located. The journey was not so easy though. Many obstacles were faced, failure was met several times. He doesn’t find quite what he is looking for, but his destiny is finally revealed, and it isn’t quite what he expected but very amazing. This book teaches lessons about patience and resilience.  It also alludes to the fact that what you really wanted is what you had all along.  

    This book is appropriate for all ages, middle school through adult. My personal rating of this novel is a 4 out of 5 stars because of how amazing the story was and how it was told. I learned many important lessons reading this book such as where perseverance can get you in life. I found myself reading for extended periods of time before I even thought about taking a break. This book really kept me attached as a good book should and I believe that anyone who reads this will have a similar experience to me. This book should be read by high schoolers across the world to learn the important lessons found in this book.

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    by John Green Year Published:

     

    Over the summer for my summer reading I read The fault in Our Stars by John Green. In the book The Fault in Our Stars the author John Green writes about an anti-social 16-year-old girl Hazel Lancaster who has thyroid cancer. Hazel is forced by her parents to go to a cancer support group for young adults. It is there where she meets Augustus Waters, an 18-year-old cancer survivor. The book tells the story of how Hazel and Gus fall in love over their shared love for a book called An Imperial Affliction. Hazel and Gus like this book because “Peter Van Houten was the only person I’d ever come across who seemed to (a) understand what it’s like to be dying, and (b) not have died” (Green 13). Intrigued by the mysterious author Gus and Hazel go out to try and find him but instead they find they're falling in love with each other. Although this is not just a story of two kids falling in love. They face many challenges getting in their way of enjoying teenage life romance. Even during their greatest moments, the cancer cannot be forgotten or delayed. As Gus says ‘“Pain demands to be felt”’ (Green 57). Unfortunately, both Hazel and Gus must deal with their pain. Even though the reader can feel their pain the message the book tells you is that no matter what you must keep on fighting. what I love about this book is that its relatable for the readers. John Green perfectly captures the relatability this book has. The readers can relate to the characters by going through similar experiences of teenage life. When reading this book, you feel as if your experiencing the charters emotions and facing their experiences with them. Green’s use of teenage language makes it feel more comfortable for the younger people who read the book. I chose this book because of how many people were saying good things about it. Now that I have read it The Fault in our Stars is hands down my favorite book.  I would personally give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. As it happens I find this book only being appreciated by the right type of audience. Green’s style of writing can be valued by the readers who enjoy a teenage romance. Although I enjoyed this book I cannot see it being read out loud in a classroom. It should be enjoyed when you take the time out of your schedules and read it. Therefore, I ask anyone who has time to appreciate this book to read it.

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